Prov. 28:2b “…a man of understanding and knowledge will obtain order.”
Recently, a pastor friend described to me the homes that he visits, where the lack of organization affects the family heavily. They can’t find the items they need for daily functioning and this causes punctuality problems. The tardiness then causes extra phone calls for parents to answer or return. The cycle continues resulting in additional work. Many times the family wants to change, but feeling overwhelmed, they do not know where to start. Having just completed a wardrobe overhaul for my crew, and still working on a few final areas, today I wanted to give you: 5 Simple Ways to Approach Home Organization. These ideas are to help you plan a way to start your organizational process. After planning your work, work your plan! Remember, these are approaches to help you get started. Choose the approach you believe will work best for your family situation.
- Work on one room at a time. When you have a room completed, go to the next. Work together as a family and find a time that works for everyone, maybe a Saturday. Agree to maintain the area you complete. I always say it is much easier to maintain than it is to overhaul.
- Make a project list and work from it. Simply take it one project at a time. Estimate the time required for each project and choose the first one based on the amount of time you have available to work.
- Write down the times of day you notice are the hardest to get through. Maybe you can’t start dinner because the pots and pans are dirty. Perhaps getting children to bed is made more difficult because they can’t find pajamas. Whatever the time, determine just a couple habits or changes that could be made to ease difficult transitioning times. Start with a few small changes. For example, at our house, pajamas are worn two nights and on the second morning, they are placed in the dirty laundry hamper. Clean pajamas are stored in the top drawer.
- Start with the top level of the house and work your way down. Having a designated place for everything is critical for children; no one should be wasting time looking for something that should have a home.
- Choose the most neglected area and write a list of to-do items for that area alone. Knock one item out at a time,then make a new list for the next area.
While it will take some time and determination, taking your home from disorder to order is doable. I hope one of these simple ideas will give you the boost to get started.
Once you enjoy your first steps, I have a GREAT book recommendation I’d like to pass on to you-
I Corinthians 14:33
For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.
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